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With data and technology set to take a lead role in rebuilding a post-pandemic economy, the pressure is on for businesses in all industries to upskill and recruit for a more tech-literate workforce.
The direct contribution the UK tech industry has had on the UK economy is 7.2% – an estimated 101.8 billion.
Andy MacEwan, Head of Technology, Change & Transformation
But what can we do?
In these times, where niche skills are in high demand and most professionals are fully employed, we’re interested in asking two questions:
1. Does it serve to upskill experts in-house?
2. When is it time to “buy skills” into the business?
Upskilling your team
Upskilling is not simply a matter of teaching an employee how to use a new programme. The upskilling experience involves learning how to think, act and thrive in a digital world that is sustainable over time.
Previously, companies spent thousands developing employees on various forms of safety, operational, and on-the-job training. With businesses transforming into a digital-first model, employees are not only expected to upskill technically, but in-house technical teams need to upskill to create that digital-first world for the future of the business.
OUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR UPSKILLING:
- Encourage online or flexible learning to increase employee retention
- Cover the cost of training & development or allocate each employee an allowance to increase employee loyalty
- Allow employees to learn during work hours to encourage a healthy work/life balance
Learning a new piece of software or working from a different device is something most employees can manage but when it comes to creating an infrastructure, including digitisation and automation for that digital first model – managers typically reach out for external guidance.
Bridging the skills gap isn’t just about upskilling existing employees. It’s about hiring those specialists who can mentor and support future progress.
OUR TOP THREE SKILLS TO RECRUIT:
- Cyber Security
- Data Analytics
But these skills are not cheap! The average salary in the tech industry is increasing and has grown (on average) 50% higher than all other vacancies across the UK.
If you’re interested in more information about the latest salaries across the entire tech industry you can download our salary guide below.
DOWNLOAD 2022 Technology Salary Guide
If you’re still searching for answers – we’re here to help you find the talent that will transform your business. Our expertise and network in Technology, Change & Transformation can deliver the high-performing talent you need.
Talk to Denholm
Whether it’s a ‘tricky to fill’ role, or you just needed them to start yesterday… We are experts in hiring the tech talent you simply can’t find yourself.
For more information, please contact Andy MacEwan on 07867 475 528 or email email@example.com today.